The blizzard back east is making things even slower than they would normally be on the quietest trading week of the year. Dow is down about 30 points. Speaking of the storm, Kennedy and LaGuardia, are expected to reopen at 1 p.m. L.A. time - Newark by about 9. Meanwhile, the tweets from stranded passengers at the NY airports are sounding grim. A sampler from travel writer Jason Cochran:
--No food left at JFK's T4. Au Bon Pain
--The line for the McDonald's at JFK T4 snakes across the terminal.
--Yes, @VirginAtlantic has handed out food vouchers, but all the restaurants are swarmed and nearly out of food. Useless.
--People are so hungry at JFK T4 there is a line for Sbarro-- and it's not even open.
--THERE'S NO MORE COFFEE!
--McDonald's staff under verbal attack for letting people wait when they were running out of food. "How did we know there'd be a snowstorm?"
--It is abundantly obvious that modern airlines cannot handle anything but 100% perfect conditions. One glitch and it's dominoes for a week.
LAX and other local airports are backing up with passengers looking to get out - and many won't, not today. All the morning flights from LAX to NY were canceled. NYC really got hit by the storm, with 21 inches in Central Park.
Once the airports reopen, passengers will have a hard time finding open seats on later flights. Seats are already scarce because of the busy holiday season. And airlines are operating fewer flights than they did before the recession. Boston's Logan Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella says airlines are saying rebooking could drag into Friday.